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Please help me choose between these 3 foods :)

post #1 of 26
Thread Starter 
I really just want to do what is best for my two cats. They are both under a year old but it is time to switch them to adult food. right now I have them on


Purina Cat chow for indoor cats.

Here is the info:
first two ingredients: corn meal and poultry by product meal
30 percent protein...9.5 crude fat

Purina Cat natual choice:

first two ingredients: chicken meal, corn gluten meal
38 protein 13 crude fat

Nutro Plan for indoor cats:

first two ingredients chicken meal and ground rice
33 protein 19 fat

What do you all think? Which one should I go with?
post #2 of 26
All three are ok foods (and some might shoot me for saying so!). In the end, let your cat decide...but personally, I'd go with nutro...
post #3 of 26
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Originally Posted by nedra View Post
I really just want to do what is best for my two cats. They are both under a year old but it is time to switch them to adult food. right now I have them on


Purina Cat chow for indoor cats.

Here is the info:
first two ingredients: corn meal and poultry by product meal
30 percent protein...9.5 crude fat

Purina Cat natual choice:

first two ingredients: chicken meal, corn gluten meal
38 protein 13 crude fat

Nutro Plan for indoor cats:

first two ingredients chicken meal and ground rice
33 protein 19 fat

What do you all think? Which one should I go with?
of those 3, i think the Nutro is the best. can you find Chicken Soup where you live? if you can't, the link will take you to an online store. it's usually quite a bit cheaper than Nutro, &, IMO a better food. ingredients below:
Chicken, Salmon, chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, whole grain white rice, potatoes, cracked pearled barley, millet, turkey, duck, flaxseed, egg product, natural chicken flavor, carrots, peas, apples, dried skim milk, kelp, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, methionine, potassium chloride, taurine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
post #4 of 26
The Nutro of that list...

I would check on the chicken soup price as it is comparable to Max cat by nutro but is sometime a lot less$$$
post #5 of 26
Nutro.
post #6 of 26
Nutro. Purina is low, low, LOW quality.
post #7 of 26
I'd have to say Nutro, but would also recommend checking out Chicken Soup.
post #8 of 26
I would pick the Nutro out of the group. But there are even better foods - Iams, Chicken Soup, and Nutro Max; as well as Royal Cain.

Stay away from the cheap foods (Purina, Meow Mix, store brands)
post #9 of 26
Nutro is the best of the three. You don't want to feed the cats corn gluten (a waste product with no nutritive value.) Rice is better than corn though it can lead to a weight gain.
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by gizmocat View Post
Nutro is the best of the three. You don't want to feed the cats corn gluten (a waste product with no nutritive value.) Rice is better than corn though it can lead to a weight gain.
Corn gluten is 66% PROTEIN and abotu 66% digestable ... no not quite up to rice at nearly 80 % digestable but far high than many other grains... It is used most often to balence chicken for UTI health in cat s... Great NO but for some a nessasry evil
post #11 of 26
Have you considered Natural Balance? (www.naturalbalanceinc.com)
post #12 of 26
I like the Nutro best of the 3.
post #13 of 26
My cats have gotten to where they like beech nut baby food, stage 1, containing only turkey and turkey broth. I mix their prescribed k/d food or eukanuba with it.
post #14 of 26
Thread Starter 
thank you so much for all your help. I will look into some of the other brands mentioned and the natural balance.
post #15 of 26
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Originally Posted by nedra View Post
thank you so much for all your help. I will look into some of the other brands mentioned and the natural balance.

Good luck! Let us know when you decide.
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by nedra View Post

Purina Cat chow for indoor cats.

Here is the info:
first two ingredients: corn meal and poultry by product meal
30 percent protein...9.5 crude fat

Real bad.

Purina Cat natual choice:

first two ingredients: chicken meal, corn gluten meal
38 protein 13 crude fat

not good, but better than some cheap marks sold everywhere. A shade too low fat.

Nutro Plan for indoor cats:

first two ingredients chicken meal and ground rice
33 protein 19 fat

Quite OK.

What do you all think? Which one should I go with?
Purina is owned by Nestle, I think.
post #17 of 26
Thread Starter 
Okay I am thinking either nutro plan or chicken soup for the cat lovers soul if I can find it...

Thank you all for your time.
post #18 of 26
I feed mine Felidae, and it ends up being about as cheap as using a lower quality food, since they eat less of it. The only issue is that the cat on the bag freaks me out. Of course, it's only an issue when I'm refilling the sealed container that I store the food in, but still.
post #19 of 26
If you have a Petsmart near you, try their store brand, Authority. It's a good price and it has no by-products. As soon as I can afford to do so, I'll be going with Nutro, Chicken Soup or MAX.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by GirlieQ View Post
I feed mine Felidae, and it ends up being about as cheap as using a lower quality food, since they eat less of it. The only issue is that the cat on the bag freaks me out. Of course, it's only an issue when I'm refilling the sealed container that I store the food in, but still.

I never paid attention to the cat- but mine is Felidae Chicken and Rice , but you're right- mine eat less, and have lost a pound or so each (over the course of several months), that they needed to lose, and are maintaining a healthy weight now. I was expecting it to cost me more than the Science Diet I switched them from, but it isn't- which was a very pleasant surprise!
post #21 of 26
So I'm hearing the Felidae is a good weight loss food. I'm currently feeding my cat Natural Balance which has some good stuff in it (i can't remember exactly what because i threw the bag away ages ago) but she's a little Tubby. But anyways, of the 3 you listed Nutro would be my choice as long as your cat isn't gaining too much weight on it.
post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by catsallover View Post
I never paid attention to the cat- but mine is Felidae Chicken and Rice , but you're right- mine eat less, and have lost a pound or so each (over the course of several months), that they needed to lose, and are maintaining a healthy weight now. I was expecting it to cost me more than the Science Diet I switched them from, but it isn't- which was a very pleasant surprise!
So, do you have to purchase Felidae online only? neither PetCo or PetSmart has it on their websites (which means probably not in their stores either...)
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by miao_kitty View Post
So, do you have to purchase Felidae online only? neither PetCo or PetSmart has it on their websites (which means probably not in their stores either...)
Felidea is at many small stores ... some feed store s...

Zoey is currently on the chn and rice
post #24 of 26
I vote for Nutro and feed my cats Nutro brand, but I've been known to use lesser brands when funds are tight. Whiskas and Meow Mix are huge hits apparently.
post #25 of 26
I would go with the Nutro since Felidae is sometimes rejected by the cats, and it's quite expensive. My pet food dealer took the open bag back after Gizmo upended her bowl and dumped this food all over the floor. The only other brand she did this with was Newman's Own (Paul Newman's organic variety.)
I've heard of other cats rejecting Felidae as well.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by sharky View Post
Felidea is at many small stores ... some feed store s...

Zoey is currently on the chn and rice
I get mine from Pets Supplies Plus, and I had to special order the Chicken and Rice when I first started it, but now they carry it on the shelf!

I bought a 16.5 lb bag Oct. 21, have 4 cats free feeding (with a wet food treat at night), and will have to go get another bag next week probably, so about 6 weeks for 4 cats, or 5-6 months for one? Is that right? I think it was $21 or $23 for the 16.5 bag . I have a storage container for mine.

It did take them a little while to adjust (I think the kitten food in the next room didn't help ), but they did adjust just fine- they really didn't have a choice, since one of them can't have fish . I think mine were probably overeating trying to get all the oils and nutrients they needed (they are 13, 10, 10 and 7 yrs), but got fat on the fillers (corn, etc.). so the Felidae C&R worked out really well for us(Thanks, TCS! ) . If you go to the Felidae/Canidae website, I think they have a list of retailers, if you want to try it. I think I just ended up going through the yellow pages- however, the C &R had just come out. Good luck with your food search! This is a great place to do it .
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